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Total crime 35%
Violent crime 62%
Property crime 30%
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StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleWilmington/100k peopleNorth Carolina/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,995n/a (estimate)3,1762,6462,346
Murder22n/a17.58.06.5
Rape66n/a52.527.638.4
Robbery143n/a113.769.273.9
Assault560n/a445.2314.5279.7
Violent crime791n/a (estimate)629419388
Burglary595n/a473.0471.2314.2
Theft2,410n/a1,915.81,561.71,398.0
Vehicle theft199n/a158.2193.6246.0
Property crime3,204n/a (estimate)2,5472,2271,958

Key findings

  • Wilmington crime rates are 35% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Wilmington are 62% higher than the national average
  • In Wilmington you have a 1 in 32 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Wilmington is safer than 13% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Wilmington has decreased by 9%

Wilmington crime map

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The Wilmington crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Wilmington as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Wilmington crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Wilmington (per 100,000 people)

      The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Wilmington, NC per 100,000 people. In Wilmington, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 1.20 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.35 times more than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Wilmington is 1.50 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.62 times more than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Wilmington has a daily crime rate that is 1.14 times more than the North Carolina average and 1.30 times more than the overall daily national average.

      How Safe is Wilmington (higher is better)

      Is Wilmington safe in comparison to other cities in the state of North Carolina as well as in comparison to the rest of the areas across the United States. Using the gauges above, which compare crime in Wilmington to other cities in the state and across the country, Wilmington is 30% safer than other cities of North Carolina and 13% safer than other cities in the nation. Wilmington has a ranks below average in comparison to other cities in the country.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wilmington

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wilmington is 1 in 160
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wilmington is 1 in 40
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Wilmington is 1 in 32
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Wilmington, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 160. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 40 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Wilmington is 1 in 32.

      Year Over Year Crime In Wilmington (per 100,000 people)

      An ideal indicator of whether Wilmington is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live can be done by analyzing the year over year crime rates per 100,000 people. Year over year violent crime in Wilmington has increased by 3% and the rate of property crime in Wilmington has decreased by 12%. The total crime rate in Wilmington has decreased by 9% year to year.

      Wilmington police department

      ItemWilmingtonNorth CarolinaNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)30414,511558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.84.83.3
      There are a total of 304 Wilmington police officers. This results in 2.8 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 41.8% less than the North Carolina average and 14.5% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in North Carolina

      StateTotal offendersNorth Carolina /100KNational /100K
      North Carolina26,293320266
      There are a total of 26,293 sex offenders in North Carolina. This yields a total of 320 sex offenders in North Carolina per 100,000 residents which is 20% greater than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Sea Breeze, NC1,886101536637
      Bayshore, NC3,956126667793
      Porters Neck, NC7,052136724860
      Ogden, NC6,909143761904
      Skippers Corner, NC2,754150796946
      Belville, NC2,473152807958
      Northchase, NC3,4611931,0251,218
      Wilmington, NC113,7246292,5473,176

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Arvada, CO113,5322283,1643,392
      Downey, CA113,2232711,9392,210
      Odessa, TX114,2588082,5053,312
      Round Rock, TX112,7671341,6591,793
      Lansing, MI114,7731,4323,0054,437
      Wilmington, NC113,7246292,5473,176
      Source: The Wilmington, NC crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2020. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.